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Cities Methodologies 2014: Walking Methodologies - Money Walks in the City of London

29 April 2014, 10:00 am–12:00 pm

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City of London, Royal Exchange, EC3V 3NL

As part of the week-long Cities Methodologies programme, Walking Methodologies aims to question how effectively we can use walking as a methodology for learning about the city. Guided by Amy Thomas (Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL) this two-hour, critical meander through the streets of London's financial district aims to address 'the rotten borough'.

The City of London is one of the most powerful, controversial, yet least understood, institutions in the world. Historically its streets have been the channels for financial transactions, the sites of gossip, speculation and exchange for centuries. This walk will uncover the social and spatial practices of finance through a historical stroll through the City's myriad pedestrian ways, ranging from medieval alleys and seventeenth century taverns, to modernist 'streets in the sky' and the most high-surveillance squares in the world.

Meet at 10am under the portico of the Royal Exchange, EC3V 3DG (opposite Bank tube station). The walk is free and open to all, but places are limited. Please book via Eventbrite.

The four walks during the Cities Methodologies week are:

  1. A Silent Circle in King's Cross (Monday 28 April, 16:00-18:00)
  2. Money Walks: Profit, power and pedestrians in the City of London (Tuesday 29 April, 10:00-12:00)
  3. London's Lost Rivers - River Fleet (Wednesday 30 April, 18:00-20:00)
  4. Tracing Invisible Londons (Thursday 1 May, 18:00-20:30)

Amy Thomas is a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her thesis, entitled 'Building Regulatory Space: the City of London 1948-1993' looks at the historical relationship between financial practice and the built environment. Amy won the RIBA President's Award for Outstanding Masters Thesis [2012] for her dissertation on the architectural history of the London Stock Exchange.

Cities Methodologies is an ongoing programme of events and exhibitions dedicated to presenting, sharing and experimenting with new methods of urban research. You can see the other events lined up for the week here.

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Image credit: Royal Exchange (Ronnie Macdonald)